Romney Slams Striking Chicago Teachers
White House trying to stay neutral
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2012 4:21 AM CDT
Thousands of public school teachers march on streets surrounding the Chicago Public Schools district headquarters yesterday.   (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of teachers' unions, has been handed plenty of ammunition by the Chicago teachers' strike, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The unions "have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet," he said before a Chicago-area fundraiser, accusing the unions—and President Obama—of turning their backs on students and parents. Paul Ryan even praised Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, saying Obama's former chief of staff is "right today in saying that this teachers' union strike is unnecessary and wrong."

But Emanuel didn't exactly lap up the praise from Romney and Ryan. If Romney wants to help Chicago students, "he will make sure that there will never be a cut in any education to pay for his tax cuts for the most fortunate," the mayor said. "While I appreciate his lip service, what really counts is what we’re doing here. And I don’t really give two hoots about national comments scoring political points or trying to embarrass—or whatever—the president." The White House, meanwhile, is doing its best to stay neutral. "I think it’s our view that the sides in this dispute in Chicago can and should work it out," a spokesman said.

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Sep 26, 2012 8:20 PM CDT
People complain about the teacher's union and all unions saying that they protect bad teachers from being fired and elevate teacher salaries and retirement above what teacher's deserve. Other people say that unions do very little but still take worker's money. This criticism is true in some cases but it is no reason to try to end the unions. If the government protected workers as they should then there would be no need for unions. But since the government does nothing, unions maintain safe working conditions, higher wages for a fair day's work, and they protect good workers from being fired. Ending unions is not the answer. Firing bad workers despite the unions and lowering wages to a fair amount is the corporation's job when negotiation takes place. Funny how Republicans fight for smaller government when the government tries to regulate business the way unions do, but Republicans fight for bigger government in trying to end unions. I'm specifically talking about Ryan's Wisconsin in which he attacked unions directly. He is no friend of the working class. Enemy is more like it.
Sep 26, 2012 8:14 PM CDT
Chicago teachers made a median income of $66,614 after paying into their pension funds according to the Washington Post. According to Chicago resident comments, many agree that if the teacher's spouse is earning around that, even with 2 children, they could be considered middle class, have a house, a little savings and disposable income. How many teachers would stay on the job if you reduced their salaries?
Sep 26, 2012 8:02 PM CDT
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. I just read where Chicago striking teachers were courting the GOP. Now Romney insults them! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.